Experimental test of the sweet-parker model of magnetic reconnection

Hantao Ji, Masaaki Yamada, Scott Hsu, Russell Kulsrud

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We report a quantitative experimental test of the Sweet-Parker model of magnetic reconnection in a controlled laboratory plasma. It is found that the observed reconnection rate can be explained by a generalized Sweet-Parker model which incorporates compressibility, downstream pressure, and the effective resistivity. The latter is significantly enhanced over its classical values in the collisionless limit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3256-3259
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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